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China holds memorial for Nanjing Massacre victims

Updated: Dec 13,2015 3:07 PM     Xinhua

Photo taken on Dec 13, 2015 shows the scene of state ceremony for China’s second National Memorial Day for Nanjing Massacre victims at the memorial hall for the massacre victims in Nanjing, East China’s Jiangsu province. [Photo/Xinhua]

NANJING — The Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the State Council held a memorial for Nanjing Massacre victims in the eastern city of Nanjing on Dec 13.

Japanese troops captured Nanjing, then China’s capital, on Dec 13 of 1937 and started a campaign of slaughter lasting more than a month. More than 300,000 unarmed Chinese soldiers and civilians were murdered and over 20,000 women were raped.

In February 2014, China’s top legislature designated Dec 13 as National Memorial Day for Nanjing Massacre Victims.

Li Jianguo, a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, addressed the event at the Memorial Hall for the Victims of the Nanjing Massacre on Dec 13.

State Councilor Wang Yong was also at the ceremony, along with survivors of the massacre, Chinese WWII veterans, foreigners who helped China during the war, and people from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao.

Photo taken on Dec 13, 2015 shows the scene of state memorial ceremony for China’s second National Memorial Day for Nanjing Massacre victims at the memorial hall for the massacre victims in Nanjing, East China’s Jiangsu province. [Photo/Xinhua]

Photo taken on Dec 13, 2015 shows the scene of state memorial ceremony for China’s second National Memorial Day for Nanjing Massacre victims at the memorial hall for the massacre victims in Nanjing, East China’s Jiangsu province. [Photo/Xinhua]

Photo taken on Dec 13, 2015 shows the scene of state memorial ceremony for China’s second National Memorial Day for Nanjing Massacre victims at the memorial hall for the massacre victims in Nanjing, East China’s Jiangsu province.[Photo/Xinhua]

The Chinese national flag flies at half-mast ahead of the state ceremony for China’s second National Memorial Day for Nanjing Massacre victims at the memorial hall for the massacre victims in Nanjing, East China’s Jiangsu province, Dec 13, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Photo taken on Dec 13, 2015 shows the scene of state memorial ceremony for China’s second National Memorial Day for Nanjing Massacre victims at the memorial hall for the massacre victims in Nanjing, East China’s Jiangsu province. [Photo/Xinhua]

Photo taken on Dec 13, 2015 shows the scene of state memorial ceremony for China’s second National Memorial Day for Nanjing Massacre victims at the memorial hall for the massacre victims in Nanjing, East China’s Jiangsu province. [Photo/Xinhua]

Photo taken on Dec 13, 2015 shows the scene of state memorial ceremony for China’s second National Memorial Day for Nanjing Massacre victims at the memorial hall for the massacre victims in Nanjing, East China’s Jiangsu province. [Photo/Xinhua]

Photo taken on Dec 13, 2015 shows the scene of state memorial ceremony for China’s second National Memorial Day for Nanjing Massacre victims at the memorial hall for the massacre victims in Nanjing, East China’s Jiangsu province. [Photo/Xinhua]

Photo taken on Dec 13, 2015 shows the scene of state memorial ceremony for China’s second National Memorial Day for Nanjing Massacre victims at the memorial hall for the massacre victims in Nanjing, East China’s Jiangsu province. [Photo/Xinhua]

Photo taken on Dec 13, 2015 shows the scene of state memorial ceremony for China’s second National Memorial Day for Nanjing Massacre victims at the memorial hall for the massacre victims in Nanjing, East China’s Jiangsu province. [Photo/Xinhua]

Photo taken on Dec 13, 2015 shows the scene of state memorial ceremony for China’s second National Memorial Day for Nanjing Massacre victims at the memorial hall for the massacre victims in Nanjing, East China’s Jiangsu province. [Photo/Xinhua]

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